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The Rochester City School District confirms a teacher was arrested on a weapons charge during a field trip in May in New York City.
Officials say Diane Watkins, who taught this past year at Rochester STEM High School, was on that trip when she was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
The district says Watkins informed them of the arrest this month. They say in a statement that Watkins told the district that she was detained, but did not inform them of her arrest until earlier this month.
In the statement, the district says:
"The District was aware that Ms. Watkins was detained during the trip to New York City, but she would not say why and we could not legally compel her to explain. District and school officials learned of the charges against her in a communication from her attorney received the week of July 7th. The District is instructing Ms. Watkins not to contact students over the summer and will assign her to the Alternate Work Location when school resumes until this matter is resolved."